Review of Skeletons by Jane Fallon

Published: 27th March 2014
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 448


Jen has discovered a secret. It’s not hers to share, but is it hers to keep?

If she tells her husband Jason, he might get over the shock but will he forgive her for telling the truth? She might drive a wedge through their marriage. If she tells someone else in Jason’s family – the family she’s come to love more than her own – she’d not only tear them apart but could also find herself on the outside: she’s never really been one of them, after all.

But if she keeps this dirty little secret to herself, how long can she pretend nothing is wrong? How long can she live a lie? Jen knows the truth – but is she ready for the consequences?


This is the very first book of Jane Fallon’s which I’ve read and reviewed for my blog. I couldn’t have picked a better book of hers to start with. Wow. Wow. Wow. I’m really happy to now scream from the rooftops that I’m a fan of Jane and her amazing writing.

Jen’s life is ordinary. She lives at home with her husband Jason while their two daughter, Emily and Simone are away at University. Readers automatically feel the effect of how Jen isn’t coping well without them by her side. She doesn’t have a lot of excitement in her life. Despite Jen not being a fan of her mother’s food routine, she doesn’t realise that her life has shaped into one as well.

Her friendship with her sister in-law Poppy is incredible. It shone through the pages and I was in awe of their love, respect and kindness for one another. Jen really landed on her feet with Poppy – she’s funny, sarcastic, friendly and a wonderful person. When Jen and Jason found themselves at Jason’s parents home every Sunday for a roast, I immediately felt at home. They were an absolute dream to read about. They were cosy, loving and despite not knowing them for long, it felt as if I’d known them for years.

The secret which Jen accidentally discovers is incredible. Just when you think she knows the truth, Jane twists the plot in a completely unexpected direction. It was absolutely fantastic. I managed to read the book within just over a day and it was coated from start to finish in the wow factor. With themes of family, friends, betrayal, hope, love and distance, it’s a book which everyone should read. If you enjoy not knowing what’ll happen next, this is the one for you.

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